Partner William L. Thompson
Harvard University, 2 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138
455 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022
Roper House, 9 E Battery, Charleston, SC 29401
William Blacklock House, now College of Charleston, 18 Bull St, Charleston, SC 29401
27 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003
Edgewater, 268 Dock Rd, Barrytown, NY 12507
150 E 38th St, New York, NY 10016
1 Sutton Pl, New York, NY 10022
17 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019
The John V. Gridley House, 37 Charlton St, New York, NY 10014
Ayr Mount, 376 Saint Mary's Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Cane Garden, Canegarden Cliff, St Croix 00820, USVI
George F. Baker Houses, 67-69 E 93rd St, New York, NY 10128
Millford Plantation, 7320 Milford Plantation Rd, Pinewood, SC 29125
Richard Hampton Jenrette (April 5, 1929 – April 22, 2018) was an American businessman who co-founded the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ).
Jenrette was born on April 5, 1929, in Raleigh, North Carolina, the son of Joseph M. Jenrette, an insurance salesman, and Emma Love Jenrette, a homemaker and an avid gardener. They lived in the Raleigh suburbs, according to Jenrette, in "a comfortable Tudor home." He graduated from Needham B. Broughton High School in 1947, and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1951. Jenrette worked for the New England Life Insurance Co. from 1951 to 1953, and served in the North Carolina National Guard from 1953 to 1955, after which he enrolled in the Harvard Business School where he earned an MBA in 1957.
After graduating from Harvard, Jenrette worked at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. from 1957 until 1959, when he co-founded Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette ("DLJ") with William H. Donaldson and Dan Lufkin. The firm concentrated on in-depth analysis, setting a new industry standard for institutional investing. Jenrette was instrumental in taking DLJ public in 1970, making it the first publicly traded investment firm in the United States. Taking the helm of DLJ in 1973, he shepherded the firm through the recession of 1980–1983, and managed the firm’s sale in 1985 to the insurance firm The Equitable Companies Inc., where he became the chief investment officer. Jenrette served as chairman and CEO of AXA Equitable from April 1990, until his retirement in 1996. In addition to his career at DLJ and Equitable, Jenrette was a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers; a director of the Associates of the Harvard Business School; a trustee of The Duke Endowment; and chairman and founder of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.
Beginning in the 1960s, Jenrette bought and restored a series of notable historic houses, such as the Robert William Roper House in Charleston, South Carolina; Millford Plantation in Pinewood, South Carolina; Ayr Mount in Hillsborough, North Carolina; the George F. Baker House in New York City; and Edgewater in Barrytown, New York (which he bought in 1969 from the author Gore Vidal). At Edgewater, Jenrette built two new buildings, a garden pavilion (1997) and a poolhouse (1998), both designed by the architect Michael Dwyer.
Jenrette's longtime partner, William L. Thompson, died in 2013. Jenrette died of cancer on April 22, 2018, aged 89, in Charleston, South Carolina.
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